On January 27, 2020, an airplane crashed in the Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni Province in Afghanistan. The jet was carrying a passenger load of 83, and when the airplane crashed, it reportedly killed all on board.
Based on the initial reports from investigating officers mentioned that the Boeing belonged to Ariana Afghan Airlines. However, the company’s CEO Mirwais Mirzakwal has declared that the aircraft does not belong to Ariana Airlines. As confirmed recently, the aircraft belonged to the United States military forces. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, has revealed that the aircraft belonged to the United States Air Force. However, he did not reveal any circumstances of the impact. According to various pictures shared on social media platforms, it was a Bombardier E-11A aircraft that was used by US military forces for electronic surveillance over regions of Afghanistan.
According to Arif Noori, spokesperson for the Ghazni provincial government, the precise location of the air crash is nearly 15 km away from the center of Ghazni Province’s Deh Yak District. The district is under the control and operation of the Taliban. Thus, it is expected that for rescue teams to access the area, Afghan government negotiates well with the Taliban. Moreover, Afghan government will soon be declaring the total number of casualties and fatalities of the crash.
Army Major Beth Riordan, a spokesperson for US Central Command, has confirmed that various US military officers are further investing the crash to better understand what exactly led to this massive massacre.